Composite curing with high energy electron beams

Daniel L. Goodman, Daniel L. Birx, Giuseppe R. Palmese, Andrew Chen

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Curing of fiber-reinforced polymer composites using high energy electron beams (EB) offers significant advantages for fabricating a variety of aerospace and ground vehicle components. The EB curing process greatly reduces the time required to cross-link the polymer matrix compared to conventional heat curing. The process allows curing at room temperature for high throughput and reduced residual stresses, without the release of volatile organics. Science Research Laboratory (SRL) has developed a new generation of pulsed linear induction accelerators which allow reliable, cost efficient production of high average power electron beams with the necessary parameters for high energy electron beam curing of advanced composites. This paper describes results of EB composite curing experiments, with application to aerospace and ground vehicle components [1]. The paper includes a discussion of processing and material property issues and a description of SRL composite curing equipment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-219
Number of pages13
JournalInternational SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (Proceedings)
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 41st International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition. Part 1 (of 2) - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: Mar 24 1996Mar 28 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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